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An index of precarity for measuring early employment insecurity

Published inSequence analysis and related approaches: Innovative methods and applications, Editors Ritschard, G. & Studer, M., p. 279-295
PublisherCham : Springer International Publishing
  • Life Course Research and Social Policies; 10
Publication date2018

A vast body of research examined changing employment relations and the ensued employment precarity. However there is a lack of quantitative tools able to assess the extent and impact of precarity overtime and at the individual level. Using the index of complexity as a starting point, we aim to create an index of precarity accounting for the benefit or loss entailed by each transition. Including the nature of each transition and the unpredictability of the whole employment trajectory in the index allows researchers to grasp both the complexity and the quality of young people's employment trajectories. Our contribution shows how the proposed index provides a synthetic measure for comparing the degree of precarity. Results from a school-to-work transition dataset confirm the usefulness of the index as a predictor of future negative labour market trajectories.

  • Trajectories
  • Early employment insecurity
  • Index of complexity
  • Index
  • Of precarity
  • Scarring
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RITSCHARD, Gilbert, BUSSI, Margherita, O’REILLY, Jacqueline. An index of precarity for measuring early employment insecurity. In: Sequence analysis and related approaches: Innovative methods and applications. Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2018. p. 279–295. (Life Course Research and Social Policies) doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-95420-2_16
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